• NameAnnibale Carracci
  • Sexmale
  • Nationality/DatesItalian, born 1560, dead 1609
BiographyCreator of a new pictorial style, which sprang
from a study of nature and the practice of life
drawing, in contrast with the dominant Mannerist
style at the time. Together with his brother
Agostino (1557–1602) and cousin Ludovico
(1555–1619), he founded a highly influential
academy in their native Bologna. In the late
1580s, Annibale undertook a study trip to Parma
and Venice, where he admired the works of
Correggio, Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto. In
1594, he was summoned to Rome by Cardinal
Odoardo Farnese to work in his family palace.
The Farnese Gallery is Annibale’s most important
legacy, where his new classical style developed
in response to what he had seen in Rome with
the works of Raphael, Michelangelo and classical
Greco-Roman art. His alumni were Domenichino,
Albani and Lanfranco.